IIT-ISM Dhanbad to host “Winter Challenge 1.0” to solve real-world problems

by Ashis Sinha

For the first time, the Student Innovation Council (SIC), Naresh Vashisht Centre for Tinkering and Innovation (NVCTI), IIT-ISM Dhanbad in collaboration with Intel under their Student Ambassador all set to host “Winter Challenge 1.0” for all engineering students of Eastern Zone.

NVCTI’s vision is to identify and foster an ingenious solution to complex challenges, to create an ecosystem where ideas lead to innovation. Keeping in step with this vision, this event is designed to be an innovation challenge that pushes young minds to turn their ideas into reality by infusing them with a culture of innovation and creativity, informed Rajni Singh, Dean and Media Cell Chairperson, IIT-ISM.

It is one of the most significant events in the eastern zone of India that provides a unique opportunity to students from various engineering colleges, including students from IIT-ISM Dhanbad, to compete with each other, she said.

The Winter Challenge 1.0 is a multilevel competition. Based on the event’s themes, the participants will have to pitch an idea and realize that idea into an actual project that will help solve real-world problems. The event will be held in multiple stages, each testing the talent and knowledge of the students related to their projects.

The event will be held over a three-month period commencing from 05 January to 15 March this year. The competition is for all engineering colleges in the eastern zone of India. It includes the following states: Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Orissa, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, and Nagaland and will be open to all B. Tech, M. Tech, and Ph D students.

The registration phase is ongoing and the last date to register has been extended to 07 February 2022. There will be a screening phase for the participants from all colleges, and the selected submissions will qualify for the next phase of the event.

The winner, Runner-up, Second Runner-up, will get Rs 25,000, 15,000 and 10,000 cash, respectively, with a certificate and an alluring memento. To encourage students to keep innovating, consolation prizes will also be given to other participants.

Top three teams may get an opportunity to be incubated under CIIE, IIT-ISM Dhanbad with the support of incubation seed money of up to Rs 15 Lakhs each team. Further, the top 10 teams will get reimbursement for product development costs up to Rs10 thousand.

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